How on earth could an Energy Minister claim that Oil was a viable and 'cheaper' alternative than Solar Power? Right now, we're living under the shadows of a pre-programmed shutdown of power due to rising consumption and not enough power generation from the Oil-based power stations, and where in other situations, people tend to look at operationally-cheaper, alternative and clean sources of energy, this guy guy's complaining that Solar Energy currently costs six times more than conventional energy.
This comes at a time when Experts are meeting in Milan to discuss the future of Solar Power for Europe and the rest of the world. I just wish they extended an invitation to our 'experts' here!!